I’ve been growing my cashmere collection for years. It’s a great way to buy knitwear because your early investment pays off many fold if you look after it well. I’ve lost count of the cheap sweaters that have lasted one season and ended up in the bin, so now, it’s cashmere whenever possible (with the exception of the occasional sparkly Xmas jumper).
I’m always on the lookout for great cashmere basics and until recently, didn’t know that Damart has a great range of purse friendly cashmere. They sent me this fabulous edge to edge long length cardigan to review and I have to say it is a (Christmas) cracker! Warm and cosy, yet light and very wearable, I just know it’s going to be a wardrobe staple, not just this year, but for a few years to come. What I like best of all is that it has pockets! Who doesn’t love a cardi with pockets.
My oldest cashmere piece is seven years old and I’ve kept it soft and bobble free by hand washing and using a cashmere comb. I aim to increase my stock by one piece a year and usually buy in the sales as it can be pricey. Good cashmere tends to keep its shape so no baggy sleeves or shapeless garments.
I chose grey because it literally goes with everything in my wardrobe. As we have just moved house and most of my stuff is in suitcases, I’m working on a capsule wadrobe (for the first time in my life!) of black and grey with the odd splash of red and gold.
PS: I know some of you have been asking for photos of our new home. Well BT only got our internet started yesterday (a three week wait in this day and age!) so I’ve not been blogging. However, I will soon be posting pictures of our stuck in the seventies home for your amusement!
Some of my evening outfits from our cruise.
Dress: Phase Eight (charity shopped) Shoes: New Look (charity shopped) Earrings Debenhams.
Dress: Phase Eight Cardigan: M&S (charity shopped) Watch: Debenhams Jade Earrings: Bought in Hong Kong a couple of years ago
Dress: M&S Shoes: Alexon (charity shopped) Earrings: Bought in Tenerife last year
Top: Phase Eight Skirt: Alexon (belonged to my mother) Shoes: New Look (charity shopped) Earrings as before
Chiffon Blouse: charity shopped Trousers: charity shopped Shoes: Carvela Pearls: Bought in an antiques shop in Bridport this summer.
Hope you enjoyed this little peek into my cruise wardrobe. Dressing up was such good fun!
At almost 55 and after years of beach holidays I’ve finally stopped beating myself up about not liking getting wet!
Now don’t get me wrong. Some types of getting wet are just fine: a hot shower to reinvigorate, an oily bath to soothe at the end of a long day, a relaxing swim in a very warm pool at a spa. All good. But plunging into a freezing swimming pool or wading out to sea with the water getting progressively colder; I just don’t like it anymore. And I think that’s fine. I can make the choice and sit happily at the edge of the action, watching my friends laughing and having fun in a way that they can and I just can’t. I have no fear of missing out. I know what it feels like (cold and wet) and I know what sitting in the shade under a tree feels like (warm and dry).
Of course, there is another great benefit here. The ‘bikini body’ can stay nicely covered up in an on trend kaftan. In fact, my only criteria for a nice bikini these days is that the bits that show (the straps) are pretty and that the fit is good. Whether you can see my wobbly bits is largely irrelevant as the only person who gets an eyeful is my husband, who doesn’t seem to mind!
I quite like this getting old thing. Makes holiday wardrobe choices so much easier!
What do you wear on a winter sun holiday? When you are only hopping over to the Costa Del Sol, it pays to be prepared for all weathers. Last week, we had one cold day amongst all the sunshine, but luckily I’d packed a cuddly sweater and gilet which kept me warm and cosy. I try to stick to a colour scheme when packing, so blue with my thing for February. The sweater is M&S, gilet Uniqlo (these are light as a feather and pack so easily), jeans M&S, trainers Hi Tech, bag Debenhams.
I’m partial to a fair isle sweater and this F&F one is perfect for brightening up a January day. I took the train to Manchester today to do some product testing for Boots and although it was fairly mild, train stations are notoriously parky!
The grey jacket is Tulchan, the black jeans BHS and the black patent boots are M&S.
Whilst in Manchester Piccadilly, the alarms went off and the station was evacuated so we made our way to Oxford Street to get home. Not the best day out!
Never one to let a seventies throwback trend pass me by, I invested in this poncho by Tommy Hilfiger (from TKMaxx I might add). It’s really warm and cosy, but hasn’t had as much wear as I’d hoped as we’ve had such an unusually warm winter. Worn with dark M&S denims and my Dune cowboy boots I feel very happy in it.
Now, where did I leave that donkey?
It’s pretty much a staple in everyone’s wardrobe for summer: the Breton tee. I see no reason to be different and usually buy a new one every spring/summer season.
This season my tee is what I’d class as an investment purchase, from Copenhagen label, Two Danes, which I bought in Erj, Hoole. It’s beautifully soft and hand wash only so I expect, with care, it will last me a good while. Although I’ll be putting it away for UK wear soon, it will be perfect for winter holidays when you need that extra bit of warmth.
The jeans are M&S and I’ve been wearing them all summer. The mini leather bag was a gift from a friend and is by Jasper Conran. It’s the perfect size for holidays and days out.
Anyone else love a Breton tee?
This year, I’ve acquired a number of shirts: a white one this summer and for autumn/winter a pink pinstripe, a grey pinstripe and a grey linen grungy affair. I do mean shirts, not blouses. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to jump on this bandwagon, but I’ve never really had shirts before. It’s always been blouses or tops and knitwear. Now I’ve started, it seems I just have to own more! They are just so versatile for layering, and they work really well with my other current favourite thing, a gilet. The pink pinstripe one here is from Two Danes. It wasn’t cheap but it feels fantastic to wear. My others have come from M&S and Topshop (yes – the grungy one, as you probably guessed). I think I like them because the v neck is flattering for big boobs, plus you can roll the sleeves and layer a few bracelets and of course they’re not clingy. They also dress up or down so for someone like me who likes to be on the move, they serve multiple purpose on holiday. Anyone else a fan?
Having a clearout so that I have room for a new A/W edit. So this is what went to the charity shop today.
- A shearling coat by Planet which is too small but I’ve been in denial and kept it for too long.
- A Whistles leopard print chiffon dress which has had lots of wear, but now feels as if it’s not ‘me’.
- A high necked sleeveless top from Next which I’ve worn to death and still like but it’s had its day.
- A red chiffon kaftan which doesn’t seem to go with anything.
So that’s a start – still lots more to go!
Once a year, I indulge my love of boho fashion with two weeks in beautiful Mallorca. It’s time to kick off the shoes, read a few books and wear stuff that doesn’t see the light of day in the UK.
I just love these harem pants which I bought in Lanzarote and they are so comfy and cool for the beach.
I’m a cover up girl – all factor 50 and fake tan, so you won’t catch me in any bikini shots any time soon!
I have a few favourites from East, including this navy batik sundress which is great over your cossie.
I also love this silk skirt, also from East, which is years old (and don’t tell anyone, has a tear in it) but I can’t bear to part with it.
This year, we travelled with friends, so I’ll be sharing some of my friend Linda’s fashion style on the blog soon!